Madison Sides

Madison Sides


English, French

Papillion, NE

Favorite and/or most impactful course

The class that has had the greatest impact on me is ENGL 353: Intermediate Poetry Writing. This course was when I truly started to think about pursuing poetry after my undergrad, and I engaged with a lot of writing that was unusual or unfamiliar to me. I took it during COVID, and despite being online, it was the class I've made the most connections in.

A favorite course of mine was UHON 395: Historical & Literary Retellings: Stories of Leadership, Love, and Loss (and Laughter). Part of this being my favorite course is due to Dr. Levin being an absolute gem, but I loved learning about where so many of our favorite stories come from. Honors courses are always innovative, and I loved the wide variety of books, movies, and plays we studied in this class. Plus, a lot of the fairy tales overlapped with some of my coursework in my French literature classes!

Research or internship experience

Nebraska Writers Collective: I helped create and organize Nebraska's first ever Youth Poet Laureate competition, and I visited different middle and high school poetry practices every week! The internship was heavily focused on Nebraska's secondary school slam poetry competition, Louder Than A Bomb, but since this took place during COVID, we had to improvise by using Zoom calls and lots of Google Docs.

Another opportunity I have had was with the Writing Fellows Program through the Writing Center. Fellows are consultants at the UNL Writing Center who work directly with a specific professor (outside of the English department) to meet with each student in their class about different writing assignments. This fall I worked with an American History course and met with 12 students several times throughout the semester. 

I was supposed to study abroad in Spring of 2022 at the University of Nantes in France, but unfortunately COVID got in the way. 

Other involvement

I do a lot of volunteering with the UNL Young Democrats, Lancaster County Democrats, and Nebraska Young Democrats. My work can include anything from phone banking to writing postcards to passing out yard signs! I'm also the parliamentarian of the Kappa Kappa Psi (the honorary band fraternity), rank leader of the color guard in the Cornhusker Marching Band, and Public Relations Chair of Young Democrats. 

Why you chose Nebraska

UNL turned out to be the best option for me financially, and I knew I wanted to go to a bigger school with lots of majors and a marching band!

Student Ambassadors group

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